Living Expenses

Students shopping for food.

Newcastle is one of the most cost-effective cities in the UK, according to the Student Living Index published by Natwest. Rents for private accommodation are relatively cheap and travelling around the city is inexpensive.

As a guide, we estimate that as a postgraduate student you will need between £10,600 - £11,200 a year to cover your living costs (not tuition fees):

  • accommodation and utility bills
  • food, clothing and entertainment
  • study costs
  • insurance and transport

For further information, see our cost of living information (PDF: 27.5 KB), and visit our tuition fees, and accommodation web pages.

Council Tax

Council Tax is a local tax based on the estimated value of a property and the number of people living in it.

Most students are entitled to some form of exemption or discount, but this depends on your individual circumstances. If you live in University accommodation or live in non-University accommodation where everyone in the household is a full-time student there will be no Council Tax to pay. The local authority needs proof that all residents are full-time students.